Toni R. Tollerud School Counseling Grant


Deadline for receiving grant requests is Sunday, November 1, 2020


The Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling will award up to $1,000 to each Toni R. Tollerud Grant recipient. Applicants may be a counselor educator in a school counseling concentration/track, school counseling graduate student enrolled in a practicum or internship, or a practicing school counselor professional (minimum Master’s degree) in the state of Illinois. 

Proposals will be evaluated using a blind review process, and on the basis of:

  1. Magnitude of the contribution.

  2. Quality of the proposed work. (i.e. significance, innovation, approach)

The awards will be presented by the Foundation at a time and place to be determined at a future date. Recipients will be given advance notice in plenty of time to attend. Grant recipients are expected to be in attendance of the award presentation.


Particular areas to be focused on include, but are not limited to: 


  • School counseling programs for Underserved Student Populations in schools (immigrant students, LGBTQ, students with disabilities, etc.) consistent with the ASCA Model

  • Increasing awareness of counseling

  • Increasing knowledge of obtaining support for school counseling programs (how and where to get grants).

  • Use of technology in the classroom and/or school counseling programs 

  • Improving Counselor Education and Training, Leadership Training, and Participation for school counselor. 

  • School Counseling Professionals and Advocacy

  • Coping with the effects of traumatic events (i.e., natural disasters, violence, mass shootings, terrorism, human/sex trafficking)


This grant is to support a school counseling project in Illinois, the results of which must be submitted for publication in an appropriate professional journal and/or be submitted as a proposal for presentation at a 2021/2022 local, state, regional, or national professional counseling conference. At the completion of the project, the recipient is expected to provide a Final Report to the Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling Board specifying how funds were spent, the results, whether goals were met, and for further suggestions and interventions.


The recipient is to notify the Foundation of their plans and where they have submitted proposal(s). The Foundation requires that the individual and supervisor (vice-principal or school superintendent) or group representatives (at least 2 signatures) applying for a grant belonging to a professional school counseling organization, such as the Illinois School Counseling Association or the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling, in order to ensure grants are awarded to those who are adhering to a Professional Code of Ethics. 

One person or group can submit one application per grant cycle. 

The use of grant funds for salaries and/or stipends will be considered.  

Mileage in the grant application can be considered for transporting subjects to and from your program.

This school counseling project must be completed by December 2021 and must advance the counseling profession. 

Please note that due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the mandate requiring attendance at a Foundation sponsored recognition event has been eliminated for the 2020/21 grant cycle.  We respect the needs of our grantees, colleagues, and organizations and remain committed to keeping communities safe by adhering to social distancing and respecting CDC recommendations.

Special consideration will be given to applications regarding the use of innovation and technology in meeting the needs of populations impacted or impaired by COVID-19. This includes social workers, counselors, and mental health professionals utilizing technology in an effort to assist clients and agencies in need.

Proceed to Submit an Application for the Toni Tollerud Counseling Grant

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In January 2017 the Secretary of State approved the Illinois Counseling Association Foundation's request to conduct business as the
Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling.

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